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  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Slither
  • Aliens
  • Frankenstein

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  • Them!

    ★★★★

  • Suck

    ★★

  • The Dead Zone

    ★★★★

  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★½

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    I remember very vividly what it's like to feel broken. I don't think any other film has captured that feeling like this did.

    This is life after loss. There's no big climax, no happily ever after. Just people trying to figure things out and move on. That's all you can ask for when your dad drops dead without warning, like Joe did, like mine did.

    You pick up the pieces, and try to mend, and go forward. This isn't just a movie. This is life.

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  • Them!

    Them!

    ★★★★

    Film #13 of Hooptober Neun

    "When man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we'll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict."

    There's a reason this has become a touchstone/homage for so many science fiction/horror products - it's damn good. A nuanced take on the dangers of atomic misuse, and a standard-setter for giant monster movies, particularly bug ones. Most of the cast really sells it in what could have been just a fast check. And the ants? Very impressive looking. Good job all around.

  • Suck

    Suck

    ★★

    Film #12 of Hooptober Neun

    "And as I understand it, rock and roll never dies."

    A good premise does not a good film make.

    Clearly an attempt to capitalize on both the Twilight craze and alt-rock boom of the late 2000s, Suck tries to dazzle with half-baked original songs and numerous rock star cameos, but the script and direction fall way short, figuratively and literally - even at 90 minutes including credits, there's still obvious padding to get us there.…

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    Film #20 of Hooptober Cinco

    "Am I becoming a hundred-and-eighty-five-pound fly? No, I'm becoming something that never existed before. I'm becoming... Brundlefly. Don't you think that's worth a Nobel Prize or two?"

    A disgusting achievement both in special effects and storytelling. What was once known as a cheesy 50's sci-fi creature flick is now a slow burn romantic tragedy with some truly gross body horror thrown in there (I noped the fuck out at the fingernail scene). Less actual Brundlefly than I expected, but that's not what the movie's about, and it's better for it.

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    Film #28 of Hooptober Cinco

    "I hardly think a few birds are going to bring about the end of the world."

    This is the tale of a big, catastrophic event - but it's not about the people who discover and defeat it. This is about ordinary people with their own lives getting trapped on the side. And it's chilling. Hitchcock uses sound effects and a lack of music to create scenes both shocking and eerie. When hell breaks loose, it's all the worse because of all the time we've spent with these people we'e come to care about.